TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno has predicted that 60-70% of residents will visit tourist attractions during the Eid al-Fitr 1443 Hijri or Lebaran holiday.
As indicated in the latest survey conducted by the research and development agency of the Ministry of Transport, the number of people who will return to their hometowns for Eid celebrations will reach 85 million.
“We expect 51 to 59.5 million people to visit tourist sites in the regions. Most returnees this year will still be concentrated in six regions of Java, namely Central Java, East Java, West Java, Jakarta, Banten and Yogyakarta,” Sandiaga said in a written statement Tuesday, April 19.
He hoped travelers would spread out evenly, especially in tourist villages. He called on the public not to flock to certain tourist sites and to cause crowds in one place.
The even distribution of tourists is expected in line with relaxed travel requirements. At present, the government allows people who have received the booster shot or the third dose of the Covid vaccine to travel long distances without presenting a negative result to an antigen or RT-PCR test.
“Furthermore, the existence of the toll road will facilitate travelers from Java to visit destinations in Sumatra as well as Bali and NTB,” Sandiaga said.
Travelers are also encouraged to spend their money on products and services offered by the regions. Thus, the circulation of money during the Lebaran holidays could contribute positively to the economic revival of neighborhoods or cities.
Sandiaga Uno also predicted that the monetary circulation in the tourism sector during the return period from Eid will reach 72 trillion rupees.
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FRANCISCA CHRISTY ROSANA